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Thom Emery's Bio

Thom Emery is an avid member of the barbeque community, both as a contest organizer in the West and a competitor. In 2009 Thom organized the Stagecoach Music Festival BBQ Championships, the largest cook off in California to date, in which 59 teams participated. Thom is also a speaker and host at organizer roundtables where new and experienced contest organizers gather to refine their skills.

Thom was the President of the California Barbeque Association in 2007 and remains active in the association today. He was the founding moderator of the CBBQA Forum. Some of Thom’s notable contributions to the CBBQA are: his role as point person on the creation of the CBBQA Hall of Fame, recognizing long time members who compete, educate and serve California BBQ and his leadership of the CBBQA committee that reorganized the CBBQA Team of the Year contest from an end-of-the-year-reveal format into an open, year-long race.

Thom has competed in contests across the country for his own team as well as an advisor to others. Thom was the winner of the California State Rib Championship in Anaheim in 2008, the Grand Champion of the Palm Desert BBQ Cook Off in 2008 and the winner of the Arizona State Beef Brisket Championship in Prescott in 2009. Thom also mentors and sponsors his son Kyle Emery whose team has won numerous championships.

In 2010 Thom enjoyed hosting the 3 Eyz team on the series Pitmaster Season Two on TLC TV

Blog Posts

Its time to cook

Above 17 year old Kyle scores a Grand Championship at the La Quinta BBQ Cook Off 

After much thought and internal debate I have decided to stop organizing bbq contests. There are a number of reasons but two are central to this decision

1 I want to cook.
Really I just want to be a cook at the contests.

2 Our day job, Emery Demolition Services is expanding quickly 
My Son Kyle is doing a great job of starting this new venture and I need to support him in it. This takes time a lot of it 

The Indio event will see a few changes which will be published in a few weeks. The Chamber organizes many very large events and I am sure they can handle this one. My role will change to that of consultant and then cook on contest move in day.

The new Palm Desert Cook Off will start out with me only as a consultant and then cook on move in day 

Stagecoach will be getting a new organizer, Katy Santos who has handled our prize pay outs and scoring the Outlaw Chili Contest 
will now add the organizer duties with the experienced staff of Bill Emery, Kyle and Misti Emery. 

Its been fun to bring these and many other events together
but its time to cook 

Posted by Thom Emery on August 6, 2016 at 8:30am

2016 Indio Ca State BBQ Championship and Festival


We have a few changes coming to the Indio event 

Teams were asking so…..

The chamber asked me to post the new entry form linked above 

They will have  online sign ups available soon

The biggest personal change is my role, I will not be organizing the cook off 

I have asked to be released from the duties so I can focus on cooking the contest 

The Chamber Events team puts on a number of very large events and I am sure can handle this also 

Posted by Thom Emery on December 9, 2015 at 11:00am — 2 Comments



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Kyle Emery places in the money at The First Stagecoach Music Fest Cook Off

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